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NATO Carrying out Vast Syria Disinformation Campaign

July 19, 2012
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Source: Tony Cartalucci, BLN Contributing Writer

Updates on Syria conflict + VoltaireNet’s June 2012 warning of vast NATO disinformation campaign now seemingly underway. (Latest updates at top)

For those still skeptical about the West, Israel, and the Gulf State’s willingness to subvert and destroy nations throughout the Middle East solely for self-serving purposes, using any guise or lie necessary to accomplish their goals – readers are encouraged to revisit this 2003 Guardian article titled, “Macmillan backed Syria assassination plot,” where a fully detailed agenda of destabilizing and pitting nations against each other was fully formulated. In fact, many of the dynamics at play then, in 1956, can still be seen at work and being openly manipulated by Western powers today.

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Details regarding the latest version of this plot against Syria, and by extension, Iran, can be seen fully documented in Seymour Hersh’s 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection,” and US Brookings Institution’s “Which Path to Persia?” report (.pdf found here).

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UPDATED July 19, 2012 – After over a year of suspicion and tacit confirmations that the US and Israel were behind the violence in Syria, Haaretz of Israel has now confirmed that US and Israeli officials are planning strikes against Syrian “weapon facilities,” citing the unfounded threat of “chemical weapons.”

This after a recent Washington Post article confirming both US and Israeli intelligence are on Syria’s borders overseeing and directing the arming and funding of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA).

In reality, this week’s violence was a premeditated, concerted campaign timed to pressure the UN Security Council and shake the support of Russia and China ahead of a highly anticipated vote on sanctions.

Syria has in fact suffered years of instability and violent terrorist campaigns in the past, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s assassination of high ranking military officials, and still prevailed. It is unlikely that Syria has reached a “turning point” in favor of the FSA who has yet to gain a military victory on the battlefield and has been resigned to terrorist tactics. Instead, Syria has reached a point where it will be untenable for the West to continue portraying the FSA as “activists,” “victims,” or “pro-democracy.”

This will play well into the now fully untied hands of the Syrian military, which is why both the US and Israel are eager to justify at least limited strikes on “weapons facilities,” in an effort to balk the inevitable and merciless counter-stroke by the Syrian people against the West’s campaign of armed subversion.

Readers should be aware of the prospect of a false flag chemical weapons attack carried out by FSA terrorists, or their Western backers, in order to justify an air campaign targeting Syrian military capabilities.

In Libya, after a similar psychological-operation against Tripoli unfolded, and despite NATO deploying daily air strikes, the government and people of Libya were able to hold out for months against NATO-armed terrorist proxies, highlighting the limitations of this strategy of convert subversion and warfare. Finding (or manufacturing) any excuse to bridge the rampant covert destabilization in Syria with a more conventional military operation is now NATO, Israel, and the Gulf States’ top priority – and a prospect they are attempting to prepare the public for with articles like that found in Haaretz.

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UPDATE July 19, 2012 – Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has now stated, ”there is a US-Israeli project against Syria,” and that “the US and Israel consider Syria as a problem, because Syria is a real supporter of resistance.”

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This echos Nasrallah’s statements in 2007, as reported in Seymour Hersh’s article “The Redirection,”

“Nasrallah accused the Bush Administration of working with Israel to deliberately instigate fitna, an Arabic word that is used to mean “insurrection and fragmentation within Islam.” “In my opinion, there is a huge campaign through the media throughout the world to put each side up against the other,” he said. “I believe that all this is being run by American and Israeli intelligence.” (He did not provide any specific evidence for this.) He said that the U.S. war in Iraq had increased sectarian tensions, but argued that Hezbollah had tried to prevent them from spreading into Lebanon. (Sunni-Shiite confrontations increased, along with violence, in the weeks after we talked.)” -The Redirection, Seymour Hersh

Quite clearly the US and Israel are directly behind (and benefiting from) the violence now seen in Syria, with the Washington Post as recently as this week admitting both the CIA & Israeli intelligence are working with FSA rebels along Syria’s borders. The summation of the FSA’s weapons and funding, admittedly directed into terrorist hands by the CIA, are primarily sourcedfrom Saudi Arabia and Qatar – exactly as described would happen in Hersh’s 2007 article, “The Redirection.”

Clearly the violence in Syria from 2007 until present, is the result of premeditated foreign subversion, betraying Western propaganda that a “popular uprising” is taking place. And because the violence is a creation and perpetuation of foreign powers – namely NATO, Israel, and the Gulf States, this casts serious suspicion on these very powers regarding the recent Damascus bombing targeting high level Syrian military and intelligence officers.

UPDATE July 19, 2012 – After unconfirmed reports by nameless “US officials” that Syria was moving chemical weapons out of storage, and now in the midst of a massive media disinformation campaign, several leading “activist” Twitter accounts have been hysterically warning about an “imminent” chemical attack by a “desperate regime.” The US has repeatedly insinuated that any use of chemical weapons would require either it, or Israel to militarily intervene.

In reality, it is NATO’s militant front that has the means (chemical weapons brought in from Libya), the motivation (subsequently receiving military intervention on their behalf), and a demonstrated willingness to carry out indiscriminate, mass-casualty terrorist attacks as demonstrated by their months’ long bombing campaign (and here).

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UPDATE July 19, 2012 – With confusion surrounding events in Syria, there is now news of a bombing in Bulgaria involving buses full of Israeli tourists. Before any investigation has been carried out, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already placed the blame on Iran. Netanyahu is quoted as saying Israel, “would respond with force to Iranian terror.”

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Similar attacks, but on a smaller scale, were carried out in Georgia and Thailand with all signs pointing not to Iran, but Israeli and US trained, armed, funded, and directed MEK terrorists. Not only is the timing of the most recent attack in Bulgaria suspicious – corresponding with a major push to destabilize Syria, but the rush to judgement by Israeli officials seems all to conveniently assisting Western, not Iranian objectives.

Hezbollah, often cited by the West and Israel as a proxy of Iran, has already denied any responsibility for the bombings stating, “our movement does not fight against tourists.”

It has been reported as early as 2007 that efforts to destabilize Syria were aimed directly at undermining and inevitably attempting to overthrow the government of Iran. This was written about at length in Seymour Hersh’s 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection,” and is a reoccurring theme throughout US policy papers. Any move against Syria inevitably involves Iran as part of the calculation for the West which has been plotting regime change in both nations since at least 1991.

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UPDATE July 18, 2012 – Remember when NATO began “Operation Mermaid Dawn” in August of 2011 against Tripoli, Libya, the Western press initially reported Qaddafi’s command structure either killed or captured. The initial effects of this propaganda devastated Libyans psychologically and the city of Tripoli fell almost overnight.

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The next day it turned out that Qaddafi and his command structure was very much intact and still fighting. The battle for Libya would stretch on for many months more – with NATO forced to destroy entire cities with daily aerial bombardments to finally claim “victory.”

In Syria, NATO air support does not exist – and unless they can psychologically defeat Syrians, and panic the world into believing immediate foreign intervention is necessary, their latest “Mermaid Dawn” moment in Syria will fail. In addition to false reports of “massive defections” and “coups,” readers must be aware of false flag chemical attacks (or mere reports of them) that will serve as impetus for NATO to militarily intervene.

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Editor’s Note: NATO has failed categorically to sell UNSC mandated military intervention to an increasingly unreceptive global public. With fighting reported in Damascus and the Western media and the so-called “Free Syrian Army” hailing it as the “final battle” despite zero tactical victories in nearly a year and a half of fighting, the stage is being set instead for a massive psychological operation.

Such an operation was warned against in mid-June by Thierry Meyssan – and provides a somber warning more pertinent now than ever. Please re-read, re-post, and re-tweet this following article – ensure that NATO’s “Mermaid Dawn” moment in Syria turns into a “Bay of Pigs” defeat instead.

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Thierry Meyssan
Voltaire Network
July 18, 2012

(Originally posted June 11, 2012) – In a few days, perhaps as early as Friday, June 15, at noon, the Syrians wanting to watch their national TV stations will see them replaced on their screens by TV programs created by the CIA. Studio-shot images will show massacres that are blamed on the Syrian Government, people demonstrating, ministers and generals resigning from their posts, President Al-Assad fleeing, the rebels gathering in the big city centers, and a new government installing itself in the presidential palace.

This operation of disinformation, directly managed from Washington by Ben Rhodes, the US deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, aims at demoralizing the Syrians in order to pave the way for a coup d’etat. NATO, discontent about the double veto of Russia and China, will thus succeed in conquering Syria without attacking the country illegally. Whichever judgment you might have formed on the actual events in Syria, a coup d’etat will end all hopes of democratization.

The Arab League has officially asked the satellite operators Arabsat and Nilesat to stop broadcasting Syrian media, either public or private (Syria TV, Al-Ekbariya, Ad-Dounia, Cham TV, etc.) A precedent already exists because the Arab League had managed to censure Libyan TV in order to keep the leaders of the Jamahiriya from communicating with their people. There is no Hertz network in Syria, where TV works exclusively with satellites. The cut, however, will not leave the screens black.

Actually, this public decision is only the tip of the iceberg. According to our information several international meetings were organized during the past week to coordinate the disinformation campaign. The first two were technical meetings, held in Doha (Qatar); the third was a political meeting and took place in Riyad (Saudi Arabia).

The first meeting assembled PSYOP officers, embedded in the satellite TV channels of Al-Arabiya, Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Fox, France 24, Future TV and MTV. It is known that since 1998, the officers of the US Army Psychological Operations Unit (PSYOP) have been incorporated in CNN. Since then this practice has been extended by NATO to other strategic media as well.

They fabricated false information in advance, on the basis of a “story-telling” script devised by Ben Rhodes’s team at the White House. A procedure of reciprocal validation was installed, with each media quoting the lies of the other media to render them plausible for TV spectators. The participants also decided not only to requisition the TV channels of the CIA for Syria and Lebanon (Barada, Future TV, MTV, Orient News, Syria Chaab, Syria Alghad) but also about 40 religious Wahhabi TV channels to call for confessional massacres to the cry of “Christians to Beyrouth, Alawites into the grave!.”

The second meeting was held for engineers and technicians to fabricate fictitious images, mixing one part in an outdoor studio, the other part with computer generated images. During the past weeks, studios in Saudi Arabia have been set up to build replicas of the two presidential palaces in Syria and the main squares of Damascus, Aleppo and Homs. Studios of this type already exist in Doha (Qatar), but they are not sufficient.

The third meeting was held by General James B. Smith, the US ambassador, a representative of the UK, prince Bandar Bin Sultan (whom former U.S. president George Bush named his adopted son so that the U.S. press called him “Bandar Bush”). In this meeting the media actions were coordinated with those of the Free “Syrian” Army, in which prince Bandar’s mercenaries play a decisive role.

The operation had been in the making for several months, but the U.S. National Security Council decided to accelerate the action after the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, notified the White House that he would oppose by all means, even by force, any illegal NATO military intervention in Syria.

The operation has a double intent: the first is to spread false information, the second aims at censuring all possible responses.

The hampering of TV satellites for military purposes is not new. Under pressure from Israel, the USA and the EU blocked Lebanese, Palestinian, Iraqi, Libyan and Iranian TV channels, one after the other. However, no satellite channels from other parts of the world were censured.

The broadcast of false news is also not new, but four significant steps have been taken in the art of propaganda during the last decade.

• In 1994, a pop music station named “Free Radio of the Thousand Hills” (RTML) gave the signal for genocide in Rwanda with the cry, “Kill the cockroaches!

• In 2001, NATO used the media to impose an interpretation of the 9/11 attacks and to justify its own aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq. At that time already, it was Ben Rhodes who had been commissioned by the Bush administration to concoct the Kean/Hamilton Commission report on the attacks.

• In 2002, the CIA used five TV channels (Televen, Globovision, ValeTV and CMT) to make the public in Venezuela believe that phantom demonstrators had captured the elected president, Hugo Chávez, forcing him to resign. In reality he was the victim of a military coup d’etat.

• In 2011, France 24 served as information ministry for the Libyan CNT, according to a signed contract. During the battle of Tripoli, NATO produced fake studio films, then transmitted them via Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, showing phantom images of Libyan rebels on the central square of the capital city, while in reality they were still far away. As a consequence, the inhabitants of Tripoli were persuaded that the war was lost and gave up all resistance.

Nowadays the media do not only support a war, they produce it themselves.

This procedure violates the principles of International Law, first of all Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights relating to the fact of receiving and imparting information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Above all, the procedure violates the United Nations General Assembly resolution, adopted after the end of World War II, to prevent further wars. Resolutions 110, 381 and 819 forbid “to set obstacles to free exchange of information and ideas” (like cutting off Syrian TV channels) and “all propaganda provoking or encouraging threats to peace, breaking peace, and all acts of aggression”. By law, war propaganda is a crime against peace, the worst of crimes, because it facilitates war crimes and genocide.

Tony Cartalucci is the write and editor at Land Destroyer

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